Foster Injured In Training Camp

Steelers guard carted off the field at St. Vincent

Shelby Cassesse
July 28, 2018 - 6:42 pm
Ramon Foster

LATROBE (93.7 The Fan) - Steelers veteran guard Ramon Foster was carted off the field holding his knee Saturday during a live passing drill on the first day of pads. 

Foster laid on the ground for several minutes, with Ryan Shazier, Ben Roethlisberger and several other teammates surrounding him as trainers did their initial evaluation. 

Head Coach Mike Tomlin said following practice it is a lower body injury and Foster is still undergoing tests.

"Unfortunately, it's a part of the game," he said. "I'm not going to speculate. I'm simply going to make necessary adjustments accordingly, and more importantly than that, work our tails off to make sure we're making this as safe as we can for him through this process." 

Foster has been a starter since 2011 and is in the final year of his contract. The 32-year-old and the rest of the starting offensive line are entering their third straight season together. Last year, they allowed 24 sacks, the third lowest in the league.   

Twenty-six-year-old B.J. Finney replaced Foster in drills as the first-string left guard. Finney played in 14 regular season games with the Steelers last year, starting four of them. The prior year, he appeared in 13 games, starting in three. 

Tomlin is confident if Finney has to step in for Foster on a full-time basis.

"He's proven that over the last couple of years when given an opportunity to play." 

The Steelers suffered another blow to their offensive line in OTA's. Tackle Jerald Hawkins was poised to be the team's top backup, but is done for the season with a knee injury. 

Other camp notes:

Ben Roethlisberger did not dress for the first day of pads. Steelers Director of Communications Burt Lauten said Roethlisberger had a previously scheduled day off and worked out in the weight room.

Saturday’s practice marked the first fight on the field. Linebacker Anthony Chickillo threw his helmet at third-round draft pick Chuckwuma Okorafor. It died down quickly as several teammates broke them up.